De qué manera una palabra, frase o concepto es usado en el idioma español. How a word, phrase, or concept is used in the Spanish language.

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Unusual usage of “va”

Here's the context: I was once chatting with a Mexican amiga on FB and asked her if we could move to Skype instead (I often practice my Spanish with her on Skype calls). She had to say no because she ...
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Uso de “embarcar” como “situarse algo fuera del alcance”

Recuerdo cuando era pequeño, hace muchos años, que hubo una época en la que nos dio por jugar al béisbol en unos jardines universitarios poco frecuentados por aquel entonces, por lo que no ...
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¿Qué es “inventar el hilo negro”?

Una expresión muy común en México es "inventar el hilo negro". ¿Qué significa? Ejemplo: No hay que inventar el hilo negro.
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¿Qué son “hornos de tabique” y “mirruña de caudal” en el español de Colombia?

Me quedé asombrado al leer el libro Buscando dentro del Caos escrito por César Pellicer, particularmente desde sus frases abundantes en palabras totalmente misteriosas para mí. Por ejemplo: ...
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Use a scientific technique name as an adjective?

My lab performs a set of experiments that utilize a particular biological technique called ChIP-seq. I am trying to translate the following phrase: We use the data produced by the ChIP-seq ...
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Do Spanish speakers tend to be less rude, crude, and unrefined than English speakers, or are the movie subtitle translations misleading me?

I have noticed when watching movies in English with Spanish subtitles that the Spanish seems to render a "softer" version of any coarse language spoken in English. For example, "god damn it!" is ...
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How would you translate “how fast” in Spanish?

Like in: It depends on how fast you are able to learn This is what I tried: Depiende de la rapidez tuyo que peudes aprender
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¿Qué quiere decir “juicioso” en Colombia?

Mis amigos colombianos con frecuencia dicen la palabra juiciso para definir el comportamiento de alguien. Bogotalogo lo define como: juicioso Obediente. Que se acoge a las reglas y normas ...
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(Why) Are Heartburn and Acid Stomach considered the same thing? [closed]

In "1001 Easy Spanish Phrases," it says that "heartburn" is "agruras/acidez estomacal" While it has been said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, is it really so that heartburn and ...
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Why is the word for a baby bottle's nipple the same word as that for a male's nipple?

I am reading (gradually, a page at a time here and there) a Spanish-English dictionary (Webster's). I came across what may be the strangest pair of words in the Spanish language. First, some ...
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What is the meaning of “los trapos”?

I am currently using "The Red-Hot Book of Spanish Slang and Idioms" to supplement my Spanish language learning. It says that "los trapos" (with a literal translation of rags) means clothing in slang. ...
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Usage of “ojalá + que” or “ojalá”

In Latin America, I hear ojalá used mostly by itself as an exclamation, but sometimes in a sentence: Ojalá + que + subjunctive verb. For example: Ojalá que yo sepa la respuesta In Spain, I hear ...
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“Antojarse” vs “tener ganas de”

I always knew that tengo ganas de is the way you translate "feels like" into Spanish. For example: Tengo ganas de ir al cine I feel like going to the movies But today, I came across the ...
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¿Cuál es el significado de “órale” y su origen?

La palabra "órale" es usada frecuentemente en México en situaciones informales. ¿Cuál es su significado y origen?
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¿Qué significa la abreviatura “VoBo”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la abreviatura "VoBo"? ¿en qué casos se puede utilizar?
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'vos' vs 'tú' usage by country

I lived for a while in Bolivia, and I noticed some people used "vos" instead of "tú" as the second person familiar singular pronoun. Which countries use "vos" instead of "tú", and are there any that ...
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Is it true that the reflexive of “regresar” — “regresarse” — is not used in Spain?

I recently read (in what I thought was a pretty reputable grammar book) that "regresarse" is not used in Spain, but I had never heard this before. Is it true? If so, why don't Spaniards use it? Is ...
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When does the Spanish word order differ?

I get that there is a differece between a statement and a question. E.g: Juan viene. 》 ¿Viene Juan? Pero a veces es diferente. Hay una canción que se dice: "PR somos tú y yo". ¿Por qué no dice "...
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Why would “half orange” be a term of endearment? [duplicate]

In this comic, Luanne lists terms of endearment, "media naranja" being one. This is a new one on me, and I can't figure out why "half orange" would be much more endearing than "half wit." Is it an ...
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¿Se dice “ahora estoy comiendo”, “estoy ahora comiendo” o “estoy comiendo ahora”?

¿Cuál de las siguientes formas es la correcta? Ahora estoy comiendo. Estoy ahora comiendo. Estoy comiendo ahora. Si pueden decir alguna regla que se cumpla para todos los casos y ...
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Palabra correcta para describir la “acción de solicitar”

¿Cuál es la palabra correcta para describir la "acción de solicitar", según la RAE? ¿"Solicitación"?
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¿Por qué algo “patillero” es algo poco elaborado, cutre?

Con frecuencia, en ambientes informales, se califica en España algo de "patillero" cuando es poco elaborado, falto de rigor: Hay quien dice que la tierra es cuadrada porque el horizonte es recto. ...
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Why is a “jack” called a “gato”?

¿Por qué se llama "gato" a un "jack"? Esto es, el gato hidráulico o mecánico que se usa para levantar grandes pesos. Para mí, un "jack" no se parece para nada al animal "gato". Why is a "jack" ...
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¿Por qué llamamos “tirillas” a alguien que es “poca cosa”?

Me gusta mucho la palabra tirillas: tirillas Tb. tirilla. Del dim. de tira. m. y f. coloq. Persona delgada y endeble. U. t. c. adj. Se usa en España (no sé si en otros ...
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bastante: enough or too much?

I have seen bastante translated as enough, plenty, or even too much. What range of meanings does bastante have? How can you determine whether it means just enough or too much?
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Lenguaje sexista

Últimamente ha pasado por mis manos un documento hablando del tema del lenguaje sexista y, long story short, venía hablando de hacer referencia siempre a doctores/doctoras, profesores/profesoras, etc. ...
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¿Qué es “engavetar”?

Estaba leyendo un artículo en un periódico cubano y me encontré con el siguiente parágrafo: Este político (...) alcanzó cierta notoriedad como integrante de la llamada “pandilla de los ocho”, un ...
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¿Cual es el uso de “bobo” en ciertos países?

En Venezuela significa tonto o una persona que esta como distraída. He escuchado que puede significar otras cosas. Que significa en otros países? O que usos tiene?
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Millones y Millonas

Viendo un video de Nicolas Maduro presidente de Venezuela el dice: Millones y millonas de Bolivar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrXQkPOvI7A en 0:42 ¿Es correcto decir millonas o es un modismo ...
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Is there a name for riddles that use two languages - such that only people who know both languages would understand them?

Is there a name for riddles that use two languages - such that only people who know both languages would understand them? As an example/Por ejemplo: Question/Pregunta: What do you call a hog that is ...
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What is the meaning of “que” and “cual” without an accent mark?

What does "que" and "cual" mean without an accent mark? How do they compare when to each other? How do they compare to their accent-marked form?
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¿Tiniebla o Tinieblas?

Yo sé que tinieblas significa oscuridad o algo semejante. Mi pregunta es: ¿siempre se usa esa palabra en la forma plural? En mi diccionario también aparece tiniebla, pero nunca lo he escuchado de esa ...
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¿Mahonesa o Mayonesa?

Sé que son palabras que se refieren a lo mismo con la distinción de que mahonesa hace referencia a la "mayonesa" originaria de un pueblo de Menorca llamado Mahón La pregunta es, ¿hay algún contexto o ...
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Are all sneaky weasels female?

I'm pretty sure I read "comadreja tramposa" (sneaky weasel, using the feminine gender) on Dilbert; it was being applied to the pointy-haired boss. So, assuming "comadreja" (feminine) is the name for ...
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¿Es “a día de hoy” correcto?

Con frecuencia oigo o leo frases del tipo: A día de hoy, nadie me ha dicho nada. Es decir, en lugar de decir solamente hoy, se enfatiza la palabra usando la coletilla a día de. A mí me suena ...
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Write “A versus B” “A vs B” in Spanish?

In English I can write "A versus B" "A vs B" or "A vs. B". Can I do the same in Spanish? Also, English word "versus" is "versus" in Spanish?
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What is the difference between “abajo,” “debajo,” and “bajo?”

I see some conflicting information out there on the web regarding this topic, especially with regard to which of these can and cannot pair with "de." I wrote a post on it, but when I consulted with ...
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¿Cuándo es necesario/posible no usar los artículos? [duplicate]

Por ejemplo: ¿Dónde puedo cambiar dólares? Por qué no se escribe: ¿Dónde puedo cambiar los dólares?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “yo tampoco,” “ni yo,” and “ni yo tampoco?”

I see this question asked quite a bit in other places and have yet to see an answer that is thorough and definitive. I've been impressed with the Spanish Language StackExchange, so I thought I'd post ...
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Examples of use of each verb form

I understand that some of these forms are obsolete, but I would like to see examples for each one of them (how they were used before). Also point out which forms are used now instead of the old ones. ...
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Regional differences between “escuchar” and “oír”

In school I learned that escuchar was for the English "to listen to" and oír was "to hear." In Central America, however, I frequently heard escuchar being used for "to hear" (e.g. No te escucho ...
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What is the difference between “pescado” and “pescados?”

In English, we make the distinction between "fish" and "fishes." Does that same distinction exist between the Spanish words "pescado" and "pescados?" If not, which of the following sounds more "...
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Why was “Rayas” used as the translation in Goonies?

I was watching "Goonies" last night, with Spanish subtitles. When the kids said, "sh*t" it was translated as "Rayas." Doesn't "Rayas" mean "stripes"? Why was that word chosen as the translation? ...
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¿Qué diferencia hay entre “curro”, “trabajo” y “empleo”?

Yo acabo de llegar a casa del empleo. Yo acabo de llegar a casa del curro. Yo acabo de llegar a casa del trabajo. ¿Se usa curro también en Latinoamérica o es ya es obsoleto?
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“Maje” (or “mae”) in Nicaraguan Spanish

What does the word "maje" (pronounced "mae") mean in Nicaraguan Spanish? Could the word be considered offensive, and, if so, in what contexts is it appropriate to use?
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Nombre de los acentos y otras marcas ortográficas

En otra pregunta hice una mala traducción al inglés. Quise referirme al acento gráfico (´) como tilde, pero la traducción correcta es diacritic. Esto me confundió un poco. Quiero entonces consultar ...
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Equal Comparisons Order of Sentence Troubles

I am currently learning comparisons in which each item being compared is equal. When using a sentence with tan/tanto/a/os/as, I am having trouble knowing the correct order of each sentence: A text ...
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Where is “línea” used in addition to “cola”

Someone in Spain corrected me recently when I used the word línea instead of cola. But today I heard a Spanish speaker doing the same thing, using línea to mean line of people. Is this a Latin ...
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¿Es despectivo el uso de la palabra “individuo”?

Es despectivo decir "individuo". Por ejemplo: ¿Por qué estás hablando con ese individuo?